ARAB LEAGUE CALLS ON AFRICA TO REJECT ISRAEL’S CANDIDATURE TO U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL

ADDIS ABABA, Arab League Secretary General, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, called for African states to reject Israel’s candidature for UN Security Council’s (UNSC) seat for 2019-2020.

Gheit, speaking at the opening session of the 30th African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government, said, the Arab League is requesting this move on African states, to show solidarity to Palestinian comrades, which are under Israeli occupation.

Israel is planning to run for a non-permanent membership at UNSC for 2019-2020, a move the Jewish state hopes will give it better international diplomatic clout.

The UNSC, the world’s premier body to deal with global security and peace challenges, has 15 member states, 10 of whom are non-permanent members, who take seats on a two-year revolving basis and five are permanent veto-holding members.

“I would like to applaud African countries, who have always, despite overt pressures exerted on them, stood with Palestinian justice, in the international arena,” said Gheit.

“We’re confident, African solidarity with our Palestinian brethren, will remain strong and resilient in the face of Israeli occupation; in rejecting Israel’s candidature to UNSC, whose resolution it violates and disdains at will,” he further said.

Aboul-Gheit, also commended African states for voting en mass in the UN General Assembly, in Dec, to reject the U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy to the city.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK